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Walk 135: Shenley E Loop

5.7 miles (9.2 km) with 400 ft of ascent


Shenley bridleway 38 towards the end of the walk
Shenley bridleway 38 towards the end of the walk
This walk starts in Shenley Park, which has a car park and a Cafe in the Orchard. A sign states that the park is open all year round, but best check opening times on the park’s website. This walk includes a 2.2km section of another walk in our collection, Walk 133: Ridge W Loop (5.1 miles), but in this walk that shared section is walked in reverse, so you can enjoy it from another perspective. Along the way you pass two WWII pillboxes, part of the Outer London Defence Ring.

Directions


Map for Walk 135: Shenley E Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below these directions
Map for Walk 135: Shenley E Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below these directions
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The bridleway at the entrance to the car park heading south
The bridleway to the right after the entrance to the car park
1: Take the bridleway on the right immediately after passing the gate into Shenley Park car park (location - https://w3w.co/spoke.tight.taking). This is Shenley bridleway 38 which is also the Watling Chase Timberland Trail. Follow it as it bends left and heads ENE parallel to Radlett Lane for 370m, crossing a wooden bridge along the way, before taking a right turn to cross Radlett Lane (location - https://w3w.co/improving.memo.dash).

Shenley footpath 10 S of Radlett Lane
Shenley footpath 10 heading S off Radlett Lane
2: After crossing the lane take Shenley footpath 10, which is still the Watling Chase Timberland Trail, and head S for 650m until you reach a WWII pillbox on your left (location - https://w3w.co/tunnel.dine.secure), see image below.

A WWII pill box on the left of Shenley footpath 10
A WWII pillbox on the left of Shenley footpath 10
This pill box - and another you will pass shortly - are both part of the Outer London Defence Ring.
* 100m after the pillbox you will come to a footpath on your left. If your walk coincides with pub opening hours and you fancy refreshments you could take a short detour by turning left here on Shenley footpath 11 and heading NE for 270m to The White Horse on London Road. Otherwise continue with the directions below.

Continue heading SE on Shenley footpath 10 for another 300m until you reach Woodhall Lane (location - https://w3w.co/slips.photo.loss).

Shenley footpath 10 heading SE
Shenley footpath 10 heading SE
3: Turn right on Woodhall Lane. After 10m look to your right where you will see the second WWII pillbox (location - https://w3w.co/walks.cigar.tells), see image below.

The second WWII pill box on the right after joining Woodhall Lane
The second WWII pillbox on the right after joining Woodhall Lane
Continue heading SW then W along Woodhall Lane for 440m until you reach a track on the left (location - https://w3w.co/silly.grab.melon), see image below.

Shenley restricted bridleway 45 leaving Woodhall Lane and heading S
Shenley restricted bridleway 45 leaving Woodhall Lane and heading S
4: Turn left on Shenley restricted bridleway 45 and head S, SE, the SSW for 430m until you reach a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/handed.spits.hype), see image below.

Go through the gate then head SE in the direction of the yellow arrow
Go through the gate then head SE in the direction of the yellow arrow
5: Turn left, go through a gate, and take Shenley footpath 7 heading SE and uphill for 470m (follow the direction of the yellow arrow in the image above) until you reach another gate (location - https://w3w.co/headed.sailor.pens).

6: Here you have the option of staying on Shenley footpath 7 which branches to the left, or taking a permissive path. Both end up in the same place so it doesn’t really matter except that footpath 7 looks a bit boggy at the start. Whichever you take continue heading SE for 240m until you reach Green Street (location - https://w3w.co/voters.intend.artist).

7: Turn left on Green Street and head NNE for 150m looking out for a track on your right (location - https://w3w.co/quiz.twig.years), see image below.

Shenley footpath 5 heading NE off Green Street
Shenley footpath 5 heading NE off Green Street
Turn right on Shenley footpath 5 and head NE for 560m until you reach London Road (location - https://w3w.co/lifts.equal.rushed).

8: Cross London Road and turn left on a bridleway cut through the verge then head NW for 230m looking out for a track on the right (location - https://w3w.co/dusty.cubs.path), see image below.
* At this point you have a second chance for a short detour to The White Horse which is 500m further along London Road heading NW.

Shenley footpath 18 starts through a farmyard
9: Take this track Shenley footpath 18, and follow it through a farmyard, see map below.

Green line showing route through farmyard Source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS,USDA, USGS, AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community
Green line showing route through farmyard
Source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS,USDA, USGS,
AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community
At the end of the farmyard continue heading NE for 1km until you reach a junction in the track (location - https://w3w.co/drew.hush.broker), see image below.

We turned left walking round the edge of the field to avoid trampling the crop
We turned left, walking round the edge of the field to avoid trampling the crop
10: At this point the official right of way, Shenley footpath 18, continues heading NE across the crop (see light green line on map below). However when we did this walk the crop was growing and the path had not been reinstated. So, rather than trample the crop, we decided to take a detour (see orange line on map below) by turning left and heading NW along the perimeter of the field with the hedgerow on the left and the field on the right for 510m before rejoining Shenley footpath 18 at a gap in the hedgerow (location - https://w3w.co/units.friend.rotate). On the map below the dark green lines indicate the other rights of way, Shenley footpaths 20 and 22, crossing the same field. Points 10 and 11 on the map indicate the directions on this page which the detour links.

The detour mentioned in point 10 above Map source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS,USDA, USGS, AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community
The detour mentioned in point 10 above
Map source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS,USDA, USGS,
AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community
11: Turn left on Shenley footpath 18, cross Mimms Lane and continue, still on Shenley footpath 18 heading NW for 250m, cross a stile (location - https://w3w.co/brands.violin.adults), and continue heading NW for another 260m until you reach Rectory Lane (location - https://w3w.co/sake.agrees.fire).

12: Cross Rectory Lane and head NNW on Shenley footpath 21 for 330m until you reach a gate where Shenley footpath 21 goes off to the right (location - https://w3w.co/ages.trace.common), see image below.

Keep left and head downhill and through woodland on Shenley footpath 30
Keep left and head downhill and through woodland on Shenley footpath 30
13: Here you leave Shenley footpath 21 and keep to the left heading NW, now on Shenley footpath 30, and head WNW through the woodland and downhill for 1km until you reach a wooded area followed by a junction (location - https://w3w.co/yoga.pages.cigar), see image below.

Take the right fork and follow Shenley footpath 30 to a churchyard
Take the right fork and follow Shenley footpath 30 to a churchyard
14: Here you take the right fork, still Shenley footpath 30, and continue to head WNW to a churchyard, see yellow arrow in image above. Go through the churchyard and down some steps to reach the B5378 at Shenleybury (location - https://w3w.co/wage.deed.pinks). Turn left on the B5378 and head SSE for 110m looking out for a track on your right (location - https://w3w.co/wage.deed.pinks), see image below.

Shenley footpath 12 heading WSW off the B5378
Shenley footpath 12 heading WSW off the B5378
15: Take this track, Shenley footpath 12, and head WSW. The first part of this track can be both muddy and messy. It looks as if people have used part of it to dump unwanted rubbish. But the untidy section is soon over. Continue on this footpath for 480m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/soda.hers.blend), see image below.

Turn left on Shenley footpath 36 and head SSE
Turn left on Shenley footpath 36 and head SSE
16: Turn left on Shenley footpath 36 and head SSE across a field for 270m until you reach woodland. At this point your track enters the woodland where it becomes Shenley bridleway 36 which you follow SE for 60m at which point it becomes Shenley bridleway 38.

At this point ignore the path joining from the left and turn right heading SSW on Shenley bridleway 38 ignoring paths off to the left and right, see image at the top of these directions.

17: Follow this bridleway S through the woodland, then S and SW, with the houses on your left and the field on your right for 860m until you reach Porters Park Drive (location - https://w3w.co/movie.froze.dress), see image below.

The point where Shenley bridleway 38 meets Porters Park Drive - keep to the right
When Shenley bridleway 38 meets Porters Park Drive keep to the right
18: Here you turn right on a track (location - https://w3w.co/choice.blunt.never) that heads SE for 230m back to Shenley Park car park and the starting point.

Interactive map




2 comments:

  1. We did this walk today in the beautiful May bank holiday sunshine. The walk was really lovely and well described. The paths were good and the directions clear. We took a short cut back along quiet roads from point 12 to point 2 as it was getting late and the car park closes at 18:00.

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  2. Hi Yossi,
    Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the feedback.
    David

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